High School Choir Honored Fallen Soldier's Return Home On Plane In The Best Way They Could

A beautiful — and fitting — tribute in song.


On a recent flight from Germany to the United States, Diana Hollifield Cupp witnessed what can only be described as a spontaneous act of patriotism after her flight touched down in Atlanta.

Upon landing, Cupp wrote in a Facebook post, the captain announced that a uniformed U.S. Army Private was escorting the remains of an American WWII soldier and would be the first to exit the plane.

That's when, according to WSBTV.com, members of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir stood up and began to sing "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic," part of which was captured by Cupp on cell phone video. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Iowa Ambassadors of Musicis composed of 350 high school students from around Iowa who did a 16-day tour of Europe this summer.

"It was absolutely beautiful, to see the respect that these kids had, I just had to capture it," Cupp told WSBTV.com. "It was an awesome treat for me and something I will never forget."

We know one Iowan who's going to be pretty proud of them too.

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